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Messi joins Argentina side for training before friendly match against Russian Federation

Messi joins Argentina side for training before friendly match against Russian Federation

Messi is now on worldwide duty with the Albiceleste and was greeted at the team hotel in Moscow by Zenit St Petersburg striker Driussi.

Messi appeared for Jorge Sampaoli's team in their 1-0 win over Russian Federation on Saturday.

"Some of the things that we planned worked in this clash against this tough opponent", Argentina manager, Jorge Sampaoli, told reporters. "He had a couple of shots in the first half and another three in the second, one of which was a goal".

The 30-year-old also defended Gonzalo Higuain, who is failing to perform in important tournaments including the 2014 World Cup final. We played a very intense game.

He singled out Aguero for creating scoring opportunities despite a lack of space offered by Russia's defensive setup.

Argentina left it late but managed to get past Russian Federation thanks to Sergio Aguero's first goal for his country since June 2016.

"Messi and Aguero has so much understanding during the game which was good".

Stanislav Cherchesov's side made it hard for Argentina, who handed debuts to Giovani Lo Celso and German Pezzella from the start, by pressing high in the opening stages, with Messi unable to get on the end of a bright exchange with Eduardo Salvio following a surge down the right.

Akinfeev was the hero of the first half as he produced another impressive save after Aguero's powerful shot from just nine yards out.

After the interval Argentina continued to dominate possession and kept Russia's defence under constant pressure but failed to find the net before the 86th minute.

"Our opponents were stronger today but we need to learn how to play right and beat them", Cherchesov said. We have to continue on this path.


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